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Most different language from Zulu

Unfortunately, the answer is going to be a many, many-way tie. There are a lot of language families in the world that our current methods just aren't strong enough to show any connection between. We ...
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When did Nguni languages like Zulu adopt capitalisation of proper noun roots?

I'm building on https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/a/27752/17064, @user6726's answer to the related question. The very earliest renderings of Zulu in Roman script, as @user6726 reports, used ...
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non-aspirated voiceless stops versus their voiced counterparts before a vowel

Phonetically, the main theory I've heard is that voiced/voiceless/aspirated consonants are distinguished by voice onset time. VOT is the time delta between when the consonant stops and when the vocal ...
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Most different language from Zulu

We typically assume that all languages are related at some point in history, so the question would be, what extant language has a common ancestor reaching maximally far back in history. One good ...
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Most different language from Zulu

We cannot really tell because we have no good distance measures for languages without demonstrated relationship. But most linguists believe, that the Khoisan languages form an outgroup to all other ...
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non-aspirated voiceless stops versus their voiced counterparts before a vowel

In Zulu is there is a contrast between aspirated voiceless, unaspirated (weak) ejective, and ostensively voiced stops. Aspirated consonants deaspirate after a nasal, so /izim-phaphe/ → [izim-paphe] '...
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